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SPORTS and the THE STAGE
CHICAGO NEGRO THEATRES IN FOR IT. Information from Chicago is as fol lows: At a meeting which was held at the booking office of Chas. O. Hard ing, a white booking agent, a few days ago, in which he and Duke Bren non (white), manager of the Grand Theatre picture house, and also man ager of the New Grand (colored) theatre, which will open in a few weeks, had made an effort to control the bookings of all colored theatres of the Middle West in favor of the two Grand theatres. As agaihst the lit tle Monogram theatre just a block up on State street, which is doing such a thriving business. After the meet ing had taken place and the alliance was said to have been effected, Hard ing and Brennon disagreed and Bren non withdrew from the firm, crip pling its possibility. The Grand is now booked by Mr. Cox and the Mon ogram by Doyle. But the prominent negro performers have recently com plained that the white booking agents of the small circuits were getting en tirely too insolent and that an effort will be made to form an all-colored booking alliance, data of which may be given out later. NOTES FROM THE R. M. A. CLUB. As the time rolls on, so does the people, and the times and styles are changing daily. So is the R. M; A. club. A business and pleasure place that has grown wonderfully in the last few months. The management contemplates organizing one of the best baseball teams in the West and also a crack lawn tennis team, some thing that will keep up the good spir its of the people. Denver needs more amusements and the R. M. A. club is going to try and give them to you. KID BROWN WOULD FIGHT BAT TLING THOMPSON. Roy Brown, the fast coming young 140-pound boxer of this city, iy quite willing to meet the durable Battler from the Ninth cavalry. That is, if Thompson can make his weight. Brown thinks that he is the best in the West at 140 and will take on any of them who think they can beat him. Address the R- M. A. club, Denver. IS CARL MORRIS A QUITTER? The Pueblo fighter Jim Flynn, who has been in training for a supposed fight with Morris, the Oklahoma white man’s hope, has been told by friends that Morris will not box him. as he is altogether too good, and that Morris was afraid of being beat by Flynn, who is a noted old war horse. YOUNG NEGRO BOXERS HANDI CAPPED. Is it an up hill pull or a down hill drag? Who knows? But one thing we do know is that in some profes sions it is getting awfully hard for the negro to climb, and if he does it must be among his own people. 1 was just thinking of how easy it would be for some of our young negro boys right here in Denver if they only had a chance. There are several white boxers in the city and state who are making quite a livelihood at the game, but when it comes time for them to sign articles w r ith a negro boy they are just gone, and a colored box er has to be a big favorite with the whites for him to get a match of any kind. But if Denver opens up prize fighting I am thinking that the ne groes will have a chance. By LEON PRYOR AL KAUFMAN AND JACK JOHN SON. Has the game gone up on Johnson, is the cry. Well, not hardly. Only Jack has got more se ise than people give him credit for having. A1 Kauf man and manager say that Jack has failed to keep his promise. Jack said that he would fight. A1 a battle of 20 rounds, but Kaufman’s manager wants the fight to go the limit and would fight Johnson even this month. Jack refused, not from fright but from a business standpoint. COLORED ACTS MAKING GOOD IN NEW YORK. The Cole and Johnson Dancing Girls at Colonial are a scream and the Cole and Johnson Sambo Girls, who are playing at the Green Room theatre, are another hit. There are several good negro acts in New York that have bookings for eight and ten weeks in that city. NEGRO MAGICIAN. One of the negro slight or hand men in the business is Alonzo Moore, who has created such a sen sation all over the Hast. Mr. Moore will open on the Southern vaudeville circuit this week for an indefinite time. He also has a hooking on the Pantages to start in June and will play Denver during the summer sea son. POLK AND RIDDICK. A very neat and clever act is mak ing good among the negro houses throughout the country is that of Polk and Riddick. Polk is a novelty danc er and Riddick is a singing comedian. Their songs are, “That’s Why They Call Me Shine” and T Could Live in the Summer Time all the Time.” THE S. H. DUDLEY CO. The Smart Set Co., which has made such a tremendous hit all over the country, is in Omaha this week play ing to capacity houses, but it is un derstood that there will bo no big negro companies in Denver this sea son on account of Denver being such an out of the way sort of place. And Mr. Dudley says that he would like; nothing better than to play Denver for a week, as he hasn t been here for more than five years. THE WHIST CLUBS. Hodges is his name and he is con sidered one of the best whist players in the city, and wishes to play any club in town for a side bet. and also wants to play the D. A. C., Jessie Wil liams’ club, for SSO a side. POLICEMAN DRAWS COLOR LINE. St. IxMiis. —Sergt. Sidney Sears, crack shot of the metropolitan police department of St. Louis, received a challenge to a revolver comnetition from the sharp shooting Pittsburg negro policeman, William McCready. But the St. Louis policeman showed a white feather and drew the color line. KID HARRIS BEATS KID COTTON. Once more the well xnown sparring partner of Jack Johnson when he was training for Jeffries, Mr. George Cotton, goes down and out in the sev enth round the other night after tak ing a severe beating tit the hands of the big negro boxer of Boston, one THE STATESMAN— Morris A. Harris. This is Cotton’s fourth fight lost in succession. THE HOME TALENT SHOWS. Why is it that most of the home concerts and minstrels are a failure? First, because they lack the old stuff of stopping and listening to ones who know more than they do. The ama teur or home talent don t like to stop and study and without practice they are consequently a failure. I remem ber some four or five years ago, when Prof. Mills was taking out a big vaudeville company, composed of Wil lie Burns. Arlena Burns. Josephine Allen and myself, and to make good we had to rehearse every day in the week for seven long months. And then we just did know our lines. It takes practice to make perfect in any thing. and until the amateur stops and realizes the fact, he or she will never make a success as a performer. MISS OMA CROSBY AND KINKIES. Miss Oma Crosby’s Kinkies, now meeting with great success in a tour through Canada, will soon be back to New York, when they are to appear tinder the direction of one of New York’s best know-n agents, as the com pany is supposed to be »he best young negro act on the road. MURPHY AND FRANCIS A HIT IN CHICAGO. Bert Murphy and his wife Francis HEAR THEM PLAY! ALL THE RAG TINE MUSICIANS OF DENVER WILL PLAY AT MISS MABEL HASLEY EAST TURNER AND TOM ("SPIKE") MINNIS U All WILL PLAY 2 PIANOS AT THE TUESDAY, MISS NANNIE RUSSELL FEB. 28,1911 * N ° Refreshments will be aerv- ARTHUR BARKER ed by the Ladies None Such Club. BD. W. KKKVKS. Hmanr J R HANGER FIVE POINTS BARBER SHOP Manicuring and Hairdressing Parlor Hot and Cold Water Baths Dr. A. J. Hathaway Chiropodist in First Class Work by Expert Artists FULL LINE OF CttAIS AM TOIACCt 2712 Welton SL Denver, Colo. W. P. JONES, Prapriator PHONE CHAMRA 4TI 12 are taking Chicago by storm; they are playing at the Grand for two weeks, and can play for two mon&s if they wished. Murphy as an ATji tainer is almost in a class by and his wife is supposed to be oagHf the prettiest women on the Her dress is a note to Intelligence'' and much iB looked for from the team in the future. ABOUT BUSINEBB. Day dreams are not business plans. Every dollar Invested inany business should bring a salary for those em ployed and at least si* per cent, on the investment, outside of the ex penses incidental to the business. Out of a dozen ventures even among white people with all their experience and advantages, ten will fall to come up to this standard of success. It Is no wonder that we too fail. But we owe It to ourselves to surround our endeavor with as many careful plans as possible, and then give to them tne last measure of energy We can not hold meetings, explain the desira bility of a venture, and then go home. If we would succeed. And It is time that the men who pose for leaders of our race leave off dreaming, talk bus iness. do business and hunt for the six per cent, dividends. THE STATESMAN AI.WAYB HAS ROOM FOR YOUR NEWS. IF YOU WIU, CAUL 'PHONE MAIN 7905. WE WII.I. RE GLAD TO RECEIVE YOUR NEWS ITEMS.